Ceremony Held To Send Off Rugby World Cup Trophy

Ceremony held to send off Rugby World Cup trophy

The trophy for this year's Rugby World Cup in Japan is beginning a three-month tour across the country.

A departure ceremony for the tour was held in Tokyo on Wednesday, 100 days before the competition opens on September 20.

Former Japanese national rugby team kicker Ayumu Goromaru and Sho Sakurai, a member of the pop group Arashi, took part in the event.

After a rugby ball-shaped clock was displayed to count down the number of days until the World Cup, event organizers showed the Webb Ellis Cup trophy. It arrived in Japan on Monday after touring 19 countries over about two years.

The trophy is to travel around 12 cities hosting the games and other places including the summit of Mount Fuji.

Goromaru said no one imagined that Japan would beat South Africa at the previous world cup.

He said he wants many people to know about rugby during the100 days until the start of the event.

The competition runs from September 20 to November 2 and includes 48 matches in 12 stadiums across Japan.